Monday, November 7, 2011

"Be the change you wish to see in the world"

In the last two years, nineteen year old Tia has aged out of the foster care system, begun working on her college degree, become a mother for the first time, lost her housing, then moved into her own place for the first time with no furniture and few resources.  We matched Tia with Henecia in a mentoring relationship in January 2011.  

We recently asked Henecia to write about her experience mentoring Tia through Trusted Mentors.  This is what Henecia had to say:

""The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."  Vince Lombardi."

"I've often used this quote when I've prepared for various stages of my life.  I've even used the quote to inspire and motivate others.  However, my experiences with Trusted Mentors have provided a true meaning of those words for me and have fueled my passion to help those who desire to help themselves.  As I reflect on the amazing will of my mentee and the mentor/mentee relationship, two words come to mind: Mutualism & Impact."

"In science, mutualism describes a symbiotic relationship in which both organisms benefit from the relationship. I remember when I told my family that I had decided to become a mentor with Trusted Mentors, everyone had a similar response.  They all expressed that with my varied life experiences, education, international travels and time served as a military police officer, I would be an inspiration for my mentee."

"However, as it turns out, it is she who has inspired me.  So many people assume that the mentor is the one who inspires; but the tenacity, hope and determination of my mentee, Tia, inspires me every day."

"From the moment I met her, I have been influenced by her enthusiasm, optimism, diligence and determination. Tia epitomizes the concept that it doesn't matter how you start, hard work and endurance can overcome any obstacle."

"I have found that mentoring is the personification of Gandhi's famous quote, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."  It is through mentoring that an avenue is provided to impact the world, one person at a time.  Every life experience can be used to positively impact others."

"As our relationship grows daily, I am excited about the amazing opportunities that lie ahead for Tia and I.  My life has definitely been enhanced by my participation with Trusted Mentors, and I would recommend being a mentor to anyone who wants to make a difference in their community."

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